Student Life - Research

Students' Gambling Behaviors and Beliefs in College?

The growing presence of gambling in popular culture, such as ESPN's World Series of Poker, has been accompanied by more gambling activities on college campuses. Gambling has become more integrated into popular culture and has become commonplace among college-aged persons in particular. These trends forecast serious challenges for American colleges and universities. In this issue, we discuss the gambling behaviors and beliefs of college students in order to identify threats to their personal and educational welfare. We also address the discrepancies between students' behaviors and beliefs in order to show how those most threatened by the dangers of gambling may also be the most resistant to support and oversight.

Voting in the Streets: Students' Approach to Developing Political Identity.

Embarking on a new chapter in life, entering college students often bring with them a certain curiosity, and a desire to make a difference in the world around them. How may this probing desire affect voting and political identity in students during college and in later years? Are students who hold "middle of the road" views less likely to be engaged in the community? Where do we draw the line when it comes to encouraging student activism and political expression?

Religious and Spiritual Development of UM Students

Many consider the college experience to be one of self-discovery and personal expression. How do our students express their "religiousness" and spirituality? What faiths and religious beliefs make up the spectrum of expression that our students embody? For students who feel they are highly religious, how does that translate to the rest of their life aspirations and experiences?